Ak-Zhol: The Path to Peace through Prosperity promotes improved relationships among displaced groups and local communities in the Aksy, Nooken, and Suzak regions of Jalalabad oblast. Ak-Zhol is a conflict mitigation project that works to decrease tensions between these displaced groups and vulnerable local communities in seven areas in the southern Kyrgyz Republic. Small grants and micro-credit loans to small business groups, provided by the project, reinforce stable economic conditions within local communities and function as a venue for cooperation, communication, and mutual benefit.
USAID supports conflict-sensitive journalism that expands access to reliable information and improves understanding of conflict trends. This project is implemented through a cooperative agreement by Search for Common Ground, in partnership with the Youth of Osh, an Osh-based civil society organization. “Kabar Ordo: Our Time for Dialogue” is a two-year media and conflict transformation project funded by USAID. The project responds to a deficit of balanced information about conflict issues in the southern Kyrgyz Republic and the prevalence of rumors that exacerbate conflict.
USAID supports the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (i.e. the Solidarity Center) which through its seven year presence in Kyrgyzstan has accumulated unique knowledge and experience in promoting democratic change through the fundamental rights of the workforce by modernizing trade unions.
The USAID Local Development Program (LDP) was a three and a half-year project designed to support local economic development in the Kyrgyz Republic implemented. LDP was designed to create sustainable economic development in the private and public sectors through local, regional and national initiatives.
Working through the Development Credit Authority (DCA) USAID is providing portfolio guarantees to two Kyrgyz banks to increase access to loan capital for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), farmers and agricultural businesses in the Kyrgyz Republic. USAID is supporting two Kyrgyz banks to address this constraint by partially guaranteeing loans made to farmers and agricultural businesses such as processing, packaging, storage and logistics. USAID is supporting development of these businesses through the Agro Horizons project that will select agricultural value chains with the greatest opportunities for employment and competition. Guarantees for loans to farmers and agribusinesses will be available nationwide with a heavy focus on Batken, Jalalabad, Naryn and Osh oblasts.
Last updated: June 24, 2015